I love everything about coffee—the smell, the taste, the rush of creative energy that flows to my brain just minutes after my first sip. And until recently, I’d say coffee and I have been in a pretty good relationship.
But while once upon a time a morning cup would suffice, I’m now a consistent two-cup-a-day kinda gal—and by “cup” I mean 12 to 16 ounces. It would be one thing if 32 ounces of coffee a day were giving me superhuman powers, but it’s not. Instead, the more I drink, the more it becomes a crutch, only boosting my energy levels up to the point where I feel “normal,” i.e. not about to fall asleep any time I sit down. (Here are 10 ways to boost your energy levels without coffee.)
So recently, I decided to do an experiment: swap my second coffee (because there’s no way I’m ditching my morning cup) for bone broth every day for at least a week and see what happened.
Why bone broth? A few reasons: it packs some serious nutrition, with a decent amount of complete protein (5-10 grams per serving) and collagen, which is being linked to everything from reduced joint pain to stronger hair and nails to improved gut health; it’s got more heft than herbal tea, which I’ve tried (and failed) to sub for coffee in the past; and it’s now insanely convenient, thanks to a number of new brands that are selling prepackaged options and even powdered versions of it that you simply mix with hot water.
Of course, you can make it yourself (here's a great recipe for slow cooker beef bone broth), but I'm not that ambitious. After doing some research into which widely available brands are the highest quality, I ended up ordering Bonafide Provisions Organic Bone Broth (frozen), Kettle & Fire 100% Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth (shelf-stable), and Vital Proteins Certified Organic Bone Broth Collagen (powdered, made from dried bone broth).
Here’s what I noticed when I added them to my daily rotation.
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